WASHINGTON (DC News Now) — The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) said a pregnant woman whom someone shot in Southeast Thursday died hours after the shooting. Her baby had critical injuries.
The woman was identified as 22-year-old Samya Gill.
MPD said the shooting happened in the 300 block of 37th St. SE around 11:20 a.m. Gill was in the car with a man when another car pulled up in the street. Two people who had been in the other car opened fire with assault rifles, hitting Gill and the man.
After they were hit, the couple was able to drive to Minnesota Avenue and Dix Street in Northeast. Police and other emergency workers went there. Medics took both to the hospital. Officers expected the man to survive his injuries.
The Metropolitan Police Department described it as a targeted shooting.
“We know this was a targeted event, we know this was an isolated event,” said Assistant Chief Andrew Wright. “We know this vehicle drove onto the block, passed several people that were out there in the community, ran up to this vehicle, and fired into this vehicle.”
Wright said it was all captured on video. He’s asking anyone with information to contact police.
“We do believe you cannot do something as heinous as this and the community not know something about it,” he said.
“I’m so heartbroken, to her and her family. Thank God they were able to save the baby,” said Ina Christian, who lives in the same building as Gill and the man.
Christian said she would talk to Gill in passing in the hallway.
“We just basically talked about how she was just so looking forward to her baby. She was tired and just ready for her to come into the world,” she explained.
Christian said shootings aren’t new in the neighborhood.
“It’s not safe. It seems like people lack empathy and consideration. You always have to watch your back and it’s dangerous to even just take your trash,” she said.
Police are offering a $25,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest in the case.
Ashley Ruff of DC was coming out of a meeting on Thursday morning near Minnesota and Dix streets when she saw the bullet-damaged car and paramedics taking the Gill away from the scene.
“I noticed that the car was severely shot up from the front to the back predominately on the passenger side,” Ruff said. “I’m just more concerned about if the baby’s going to make it.”
Ruff said the violence in DC is getting out of hand.
“As a mom of a 10-year-old Black male in this community, when I see these happen, I feel like our kids don’t have a future,” she said. “They don’t have a voice.”